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Johnny Depp plays Donald Trump in ambitious new 'Funny or Die' biopic

Fresh off Donald Trump’s resounding victory in the New Hampshire primary, a new biopic about the billionaire real estate mogul has been rushed out by Hollywood producers.

Sort of.

“Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie” is based on the Republican front-runner’s best-selling memoir.

The title role is played by a Hollywood A-lister known for his masterful transformations: Johnny Depp, in yet another unrecognizable performance.

“With Donald Trump somehow still in prime-position to become the next president of the United States, Funny Or Die has released what might end up being the most politically important film in American history,” the humor website said in a statement about the 50-minute flick.“Well, certainly since ‘Dave.’”

Funny or Die kept the production secret for months and timed the film’s release to coincide with Trump’s victory Tuesday night in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, according to The New York Times.

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The original plan was move quickly on the film "because we thought Trump would go away, as least as a presidential candidate,” Funny or Die's editor-in-chief Owen Burke told the Times.

“When he bizarrely didn’t go away, we had a little more time. But that meant keeping the secret for longer."

Burke praised Depp's performance in the film, as well as his professional entourage.

"Because we tend to move so fast, we’re usually just slapping wigs on people,” he said. “But Johnny brought, like, a whole team of professionals to help him get into character. Or at least style his hair.”

In addition to Depp, the movie also star Ron Howard, Alfred Molina, Robert Morse, Patton Oswalt and Jack McBrayer, among many others.

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